It was shocking enough when the long-delayed reissues of My Bloody Valentine’s two studio albums finally were released earlier this year, but now frontman Kevin Shields claims he’ll release the 21-year-in-the-making follow-up to the 1991 classic Loveless by the end of the year — and will follow that up with an EP of even newer music.
Shields announced the release to the NME, saying the new album will be available through his website by year’s end. He promised that fans of Loveless won’t be let down:
“I think with this record, people who like us will immediately connect with something. Based on the very, very few people who’ve heard stuff — some engineers, the band, and that’s about it — some people think it’s stranger than Loveless. I don’t. I feel like it really frees us up, and in the bigger picture it’s 100 percent necessary.”
The NME also reports that MBV will headline the Tokyo Rocks festival next May, which will come three months after the band plays a trio of Japanese dates. After those concerts in Japan, Shields and Co. are due to headline All Tomorrow’s Parties’ I’ll Be Your Mirror Melbourne.
My Bloody Valentine tour dates:
Feb. 6: The Hatch, Osaka, Japan
Feb. 7: Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan
Feb. 8: Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan
Feb. 16-17: ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror, Melbourne, Australia
May TBA: Tokyo Rocks, Japan
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